Under the Optimization of Refuse-Derived Fuels (RDF) to decarbonize the energy sector and achieve NDC targets in Indonesia (RDFact) project, Resilience Development Initiative (RDI), in collaboration with the University of Queensland (UQ) and with the support of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (KESDM) of Indonesia and the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) funded by the Departmenet of Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water Australia undertake a series of collaborative activities through workshops and capacity building, focus group discussions (FGD), and field studies. Furthermore, this project is funded by the Department of Climate Change, Energy, and the Environment and Water of Australia. These activities were aimed to enhance the capacity of stakeholders in waste utilisation for energy/waste-to-energy (specifically RDF technology) as part of waste management efforts and energy sector decarbonization.
For the carbon and climate literacy training that was held on June 22-23, 2023, RDI and ThinkZero organised a two-day Climate & Carbon Literacy training session facilitated by Dr. Cle-Anne Gabriel from ThinkZero Australia to raise awareness in industries impacting climate change The first day of the training covered climate literacy topic, featuring insights on sustainable business practices from the representative of KADIN Net Zero Hub, regulations and incentives for sustainability from Nada Zharfania Zuhaira (Sustainable Business & Net Zero Analyst of WRI Indonesia), and Indonesia's circular economy perspectives from Saka Dwi Hanggara (Solid Waste Management Campaign Expert of Waste4Change). Participants also engaged in the MIT EN-ROADS simulation to understand climate change impacts. Meanwhile, the second day of training emphasised carbon literacy and emission tracking, with a focus on Australia's successful carbon reduction initiatives and an introduction to carbon markets and pricing.
In the technical risk capacity building which was held from 20 - 22 September 2023, the aim was to ensure the success of the RDF project implementation will run smoothly by identifying and addressing potential technical risks that may arise during the project's course. Hence, several activities were highlighted by the technical risk assessment of RDF, a study tour to the RDF Site in Bagendung Landfill (TPA) in Cilegon, and a Workshop on RDF Technical Risk. Several speakers were involved in the capacity building coming from the off-taker of Bagendung Landfill who discussed the RDF manufacturing process, supply chain and marketing, and financing scheme. The other was Dr.-Ing. Ir. Anton Irawan, MT., IPM, ASEAN ENG) highlighted the risk mitigation options and alternatives for RDFact. After visiting the Bagendung Landfill to witness the real condition, participants were engaged in a workshop on Risk Mitigation Planning in Management.
The first and second capacity building has been aimed at addressing climate change, empowering the participants with knowledge and motivation to get more involved in the effort to achieve a more sustainable and resilient future. In fact, as a series for RDFact projects, the upcoming agenda will be executed in late October, the agenda will mainly discuss the life cycle assessment and circular economy of RDF technology.
Written by Martha Verena